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Number of Napa wineries damaged by wildfires rises

Published:  16 October, 2017

The number of Napa wineries damaged by the wildfires ravaging northern California continued to rise this weekend, with the fires yet to be defeated.

Of the 275 Napa businesses having reported on the condition of their estates, it has been confirmed that 20 have suffered some degree of damage to their winery, outbuildings or vineyards, according to Napa Valley Vintners (NVV).

With wineries only expected to gain access to their properties this week, for the first time since the fires began a week ago, many estates were still unable to offer accurate report regarding their status, said the trade association.

It was also too early to estimate the economic impact of the fires on the Napa Valley wine industry, it said in its latest statement.

It anticipated wineries would begin to reopen from today, especially those located on the valley floor, which it said had been less affected by the fires.

With most Napa wineries closed last week, on-going evacuation orders, communications challenges and the inability for employees to get to their place of work continued, NVV confirmed.